- (1770–1850), English poet. Much of his work was inspired by the Lake District. His Lyrical Ballads (1798), which was composed with Coleridge and included ‘Tintern Abbey’, was a landmark in romanticism. Other notable poems: ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ (sonnet, 1815) and The Prelude (1850). He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1843.
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- Its mixture of elevated language and sentiment with prosaic detail is peculiarly Wordsworthian, and led Coleridge to comment on its ‘inconstancy of style’.
- The closest we get to a Wordsworthian sense of nature as a consoler comes towards the end of David Copperfield when the narrator has retired to Switzerland following the death of Dora.
- I see a Wordsworthian version of Romantic historicism as self-reflexive, operating within the competing temporalities of modernity.
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